Breastfeeding isn’t the world’s easiest task – but it’s certainly one of the most rewarding. When discomfort or problems get you down, don’t give up – you’ll be happy you stuck with it. Just use these quick tips to help you get through the tough parts.
Make sure you breastfeed regularly
Offering your baby regular breastfeeds when they’re hungry ensures your milk supply will grow to match your baby’s needs. The more baby feeds, the more milk you will produce for them.
Your baby should latch correctly
Your baby should have a wide-open mouth to latch onto the breast correctly. They should take lots of breast tissue into their mouth to help them feed well and efficiently – not just the nipple.
If it’s hurting you, something is wrong
Breastfeeding should not be painful if you and your baby are doing it correctly. Check the shape of your nipple when your baby comes off the breast. It should be round and look normal, and not be "pinched" or misshapen.
There’s a quick fix for engorged breasts
Cold, green cabbage leaves are great at soothing hard engorged breasts when your milk comes in. Pop a couple into your bra for half an hour or so after each feed.
Empty one breast at a time
Encourage your baby to empty one breast at each feed. This way they’ll get both the thirst-quenching foremilk, and the richer hindmilk each time.
Feed your child every few hours
On average, a breastfed baby will want to feed every 2-4 hrs. A feed can last anywhere from 10 mins to over an hour at first. Every mum and baby are unique and will have their own pattern of feeds.
Find someone who can help out
Accept any help you can get from those around you in the early weeks, so you can concentrate on establishing breastfeeding and looking after yourself and your baby.
Make sure your baby burps
For first-month tummy gripes and wind, try holding baby upright over your shoulder after feeds, rubbing and patting his back. Pick them up for soothing cuddles – you can’t spoil them at this age.
Nipple cream is a boon
Using a lanolin nipple cream can help soothe your nipples in the early weeks of feeding. Use a small amount on the nipple only after a feed.
Is my baby getting enough milk?
Signs your baby is getting enough milk are if he is settling between feeds, waking at regular intervals to be fed, has yellow runny stools and lots of wet nappies, and is gaining weight steadily.
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